Police seek ‘lucky’ burglar

Published 12:59 pm Thursday, November 19, 2009

A winning lottery ticket could be the key to a burglary that took place in October, and police are looking for help in finding the lucky winner.

According to police reports, a burglar broke in to the Holiday Food store in the 3600 block of Pruden Blvd. at about 6 a.m. Oct. 18. The only thing the burglar stole was lottery tickets.

About 40 minutes after the burglary, a black male entered a Kangaroo Express located in the 2800 block of Pruden Blvd. and cashed in a winning scratch ticket in a transaction that was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George.

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Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the subject from Kangaroo Express. He had dreadlocks and was wearing a gray jacket at the time that he cashed in the lottery ticket. Video from the burglary scene indicated that the suspect may have been operating a silver or light green, late-model Chevy S-10 Blazer or GMC Jimmy.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the man cashing in the lottery ticket should contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. Crime Line callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If a caller’s information leads to an arrest, the caller can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.